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Why Safety Stock Is So Important to Your Supply Chain

Managing a supply chain is not easy, although the job description is seemingly straightforward: Ensure that the right products are available at the right location at the right time. Sounds easy, right? That's because you haven't considered the factors that constantly get in the way — factors such as inaccurate forecasts, transportation delays, and inclement weather.

Of all the factors that…

The Gartner Magic Quadrant: Why Should We Care About This Research?

Full confession:  My team is small, yet diverse – I work with boomers and millennials, and the great generation in between. While I find the boomers tend to be more reserved and reticent in their remarks, millennials are quick to provide commentary with little filter engaged.

When we discussed licensing the Gartner Magic Quadrant and offering it as part of our value proposition – the boomers…

Top 8 FAQ about S&OP (and Our Answers)

Got questions about sales and operations planning (S&OP)? We’ve got answers. And at the end of a recent webinar, we picked the brain of the “Father of S&OP,” Dick Ling.

Here are some of the questions we got from the audience—and our answers.

Who usually wants S&OP software?

The people who want their companies to implement S&OP software are usually the ones in the trenches…

Overcome Lead Time Variability with Predictive Lead Time Software

Order supplies too early, and you’ll have to carry excess inventory for weeks or months. This will put you at risk of inventory deterioration and obsolescence. It can also drive up your storage, cooling, and insurance costs.

Order supplies closer to when you’ll actually need them, and you’ll keep inventory costs lower—but you’ll run the risk of having your production grind to a halt because…

Integrated Business Planning: Five Steps Beyond S&OP

If you’ve been in the supply chain game for long enough, you may remember when sales and operations planning (S&OP) became the next big thing. Even if you’re a relative newcomer, you know that S&OP is a longstanding and highly trusted way to increase alignment and collaboration throughout the supply chain.

You’re probably waiting for me to say that S&OP is somehow flawed—or to make a bold…

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